ATLANTA — Jason Vargas is heading to the bullpen. For one day at least.
The veteran lefthander is available to pitch in relief during Monday’s split doubleheader. He volunteered for the duty with the Mets bullpen taxed and Monday going to be his regular day to throw in the bullpen.
“I know we have a long day ahead of us,” Vargas said. “I just said, let’s skip the bullpen and I’ll be available if they need me. I’ll go out and throw a little bit, but be ready if we need some innings.”
Mickey Callaway was vague on the plans beyond Monday.
The Mets manager had said the struggling Vargas, who lasted just three innings Saturday, would definitely make his next scheduled start on Thursday. Assistant GM John Ricco, however, said the plans were still being discussed.
“I think he can be successful in that bullpen if that’s what we needed him to do,” Ricco said. “We’d prefer him to be a starter; that’s what we signed him for.”